From incredible feats of athleticism in the field, devastating knocks with the bat and huge hauls from our bowlers, here are our top five moments of BBL|06.
1. Sodhi’s spectacular six-fa
It’s no secret that good spin bowling is a rising commodity in T20 cricket, and in the Strikers’ last game of the season against the Sydney Thunder, international recruit Ish Sodhi showed exactly why.
The New Zealand leggie produced one of the most miraculous spells of the tournament en route to the second-best figures in Big Bash history of 6-11 to skittle the Thunder and hand the Strikers a comprehensive 77-run win, dazzling fans with his control and unpickable variations.
It might have been too little too late to help the Strikers to a third consecutive finals appearance, but that didn’t make the haul any less impressive.
2. Dunk steps up against former side
Coming off an eight-wicket loss to the Hurricanes and staring down the barrel of being eliminated from finals contention in just their fifth match of the season, new recruit Ben Dunk produced one of the finest knocks of the tournament against his former side right when the Strikers needed it most.
Clubbing a brutal 79 off 49 deliveries, Dunk carried his bat throughout the entire second innings, acting as both the anchor and aggressor to almost single-handedly reel in the Hurricanes total and keep the Strikers season alive.
Striking eight fours and three maximums, the Hurricanes attack had no answer for the left-handed opener as he blasted his way to a man-of-the-match performance.
3. Laughlin’s screamer
Ben Laughlin’s bowling was outstanding once again in BBL|06. After being left out of the side in the Strikers second match against the Scorchers, the Big Bash’s all-time leading wicket taker bounced back with nine wickets at an average of just 9.5 from his final six matches.
However his finest moment of BBL|06 might have actually been in the field after this incredible effort off the bowling of Michael Neser. Running back with the flight of the ball and diving at full-stretch, Laughlin removed the danger man in Finch, as well as producing a serious contender for ‘catch of the tournament.’
4. Jordan’s insane one-hander
Chris Jordan is widely accepted as one of the best fieldsman in world cricket, but it wasn’t until the Strikers New Year’s Eve clash against the Sixers that Strikers fans got a chance to witness the English international’s freakish skills.
Steaming in against countryman Sam Billings, Jordan produced this incredible one-handed effort after hanging onto the ill-fated shot that had been hammered back towards him at a frightening speed.
5. Security guard steals the show
In a match where the ball cleared the fence on 22 occasions, there was no shortage of highlights from the Strikers high-scoring season opener against the Brisbane Heat.
One moment, however, stood out about above the rest.
After Joe Burns got hold of a delivery over square leg, Adelaide Oval security guard Vikas Chhikara took one of the cleanest outfield catches you’ll see – all without leaving the comfort of his chair.
The catch, combined with Vikas’ modest reaction (or rather, lack thereof), instantly propelled him to cult hero status, and made for a classic BBL moment.